Through the bible, God's holy Word, we can learn and develop a personal relationship with Jesus and get to know him. Since Christians have a personal relationship with Jesus, many believers have particular definitions to who Jesus is to them. We invite you to view some information on Jesus and some tools that can help you strengthen your relationship with Christ.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 God became flesh, he sent his son to die for the sins of the world. It is through him that we can have a relationship with God and become a part of the Mishpachah (the divine family). By believing Jesus to be the son of God, that he died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead
Our Mission Statement
"Our purpose is to learn and follow the discipline of Christ that we may become disciples who will inform the world of His saving grace"
Bible Study Tools
Read your Bible: God's Holy Word...Read it, Study it, Live it
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E-Sword is a fast and effective way to study the Bible. e-Sword is feature rich and user friendly with more capabilities than you would expect in a free software package. The fact that e-Sword is free is just one of the blessings and does not speak of the quality of the software. I make my living writing software and I believe I have put forth my best effort in this endeavor. The real work, however, was put in by the godly men and women who devoted countless years creating the texts that have been made available for our benefit.
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What we Believe
As Christians, we believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Only threw Him can we get to heaven and be in His Glory. He died on the cross for our sins so that we could have everlasting life; thus we believe in being "born again" or "saved" by confessing our sins, believing that God raised Jesus from the dead, and accepting Jesus in our life.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and it is through the Word that we learn, study, and develop a relationship with Christ Jesus.
To God be the glory for the things He has done. Hello, I greet you in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. The work we have set our hands to do is to see clearly the vision God has set before us to perfectly understand God's word, will, and purpose by having an intimate relationship with "The Word" His Son "The Divine Logos", by receiving a Rhema (utterance) from The Spirit (The Paraclete); to become true disciples of Christ.
There are many who are burdened by weights of pain because of loneliness, grief, sickness, addition and guilt. We’d like say to people like these and many others who suffer that there really is a way out of your distress and sorrow. It’s not religion, church membership, nor good moral values, but it is a personal relationship with Jesus. We want to say to those who feel that they’re down and out for the count that Jesus wants to get personal with you. He’s willing to come right where you are, no matter how deep the hole, and lift you above your burdens. “He’s right where you are” just call on Him and He will answer.
It is our goal to go into the hedges and the highways, to our cities, state and country, and to the world to tell as many who will hear, that God loves them and he cared so much that he sent His Son Jesus to rescue us from our sins. There is Hope.
To those of you who may be searching for a church fellowship, growth through in-depth verse-by-verse study of God's word and expository preaching, while being lead of the Lord feel free to visit with us .We are a growing congregation who gather with an “Attitude of Gratitude” with emphasis on praise and worship. There is a place for the young and the young at heart, from toddlers to seasoned saints. We have various programs in place to nurture spiritual growth and are committed to implementing others to help promote holistic healing and holy direction for our daily and spiritual lives.
For those who visit this site and you have a prayer request, please e-mail us with your request it will remain confidential unless you specify otherwise.
Pastor Odell Burns
May God bless each of you as you look to “Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” Keep Looking Up.
Who is Jesus?
Lord and Savior... Son of God... God in the flesh... Prince of Peace... The Word made Flesh... Prince of Peace... King of Kings... The Lamb of God... The Lion of Judah... The Messiah... Jesus is God wrapped in flesh. The only one who could save a world of sinners, that's why we call Him Savior. He is on piece of the Trinity; the God-head. Jesus healed people, performed many miracles and preached to and saved many souls. He also went through all the test and trials we did. He was tempted by the devil himself. So Jesus faced the temptation just like we are today.
13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" 14They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ,[a] the Son of the living God." 17Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. (Mathew 16:13-17)
Who Is Jesus? As Christians our answer comes from the bible and developing a relationship with Jesus. From the bible we get the things Jesus said about Himself, on the prophecies from the Old Testament that foretold his coming, and the doctrines laid out about Christ through the rest of the New Testament.
Jesus is the one and only son of God, He has the authority of God, and He is God in the flesh.
“Then they all said, ‘Are You then the Son of God?’ So He said to them, ‘You rightly say that I am’” (Luke 22:70).
“For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother" (Matthew 12:50).
“Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth’” (Matthew 28:18).
“Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:17-22).
Jesus was God in the flesh and while he was on earth he lived a sinless life. He came against every sin and temptation that we experience today. Because He didn't’t sin, God was able to accept His sacrifice. 1 Peter 3:18 says, “Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.”
Living on earth for 33 years, Jesus experienced every temptation you and I face, which is why “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation” (2 Peter 2:9). He also showed us how to model our behavior. 1 Peter 2:21 says, “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.”
So, He knows what we go through. A god-savior could forgive sins, but would not be able to relate to the sinners. A man-savior would be able to relate to humanity, but would not have the authority or power to forgive sins or return from the dead. It was necessary that Jesus be both.
In doing so, he became “the New Adam.”
“For as in Adam [the first man, through whom sin entered the world] all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:22, 45).
Jesus is the one and only way to God, an everlasting life in heaven
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
Jesus is the way, once we accept him salvation is immediate; our Christian walk is a process and a journey
It’s also interesting to note that Jesus did not call himself the destination, but the way, indicating that while salvation is immediate for the confessed and forgiven sinner, our Christian walk is a journey.
Jesus has the power to forgive sins and provide everlasting life
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25).
“When Jesus saw their faith, He said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’ The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, ‘Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?’” (Luke 5:20-21).
"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:40).
“I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.” (John 6:47).
Jesus predicted his own death and resurrection
“Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, ‘We are going up into Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again’” (Luke 18:31-33).
Jesus said He would come back
Matthew 24:27-30 "So as the lightening comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man... At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory."
Mark 14:61-62 "Again the high priest asked him, 'Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?' 'I am,' said Jesus. 'And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.'"
Jesus clearly knew He was the Lamb of God, the Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament. He knew He had to live a life without sin, no matter what. When He returns, He will judge the sins of the world… except for those who have already acknowledged conviction, entered a plea of guilty, and sought His mercy by believing on Christ.
From The Book of Acts
The Book of Acts describes how Christianity moved from being seen as a sect of Judaism into a world religion because the spirit of God moved in the lives of those who had witnessed Jesus, and who now carried His message of salvation into all the world.
At Pentecost, Peter preaches, “Let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ – this Jesus whom you crucified” (Acts 2:22-36).
From Paul Letters
“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
“For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).
“Just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:5).
From the Old Testament
Isaiah 53:1-10 was written 100 years before Jesus was born.
Some Key Scriptures
The life of Jesus Christ is told in the synoptic Gospels Mathew, Mark and Luke. The Gospel of John provides clear evidence that Jesus is the Son of God and that believing in him we may have eternal life.
Name of the Lord................................Mathew 1:21;26:71; Luke 1:31
Birth in Bethlehem..............................Mathew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7
Youth in Nazareth...............................Mathew 2:19
Baptized................................................Mathew3:13; Mark 1:9; Luke 3:21; John 1:31
Tempted...............................................Mathew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12; Luke 4:1
Called Disciples....................................Mathew 4:18; Mark 1:16; Luke 5:1
Transfigured........................................Mathew 17:1; Mark 9:2; Luke 9:28
Triumpal entry to Jerusalem............Mathew 21:1; Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29
Crucified...............................................Mathew 27:3; Mark 15:20; Luke 23:26; John 19:16
Resurected..........................................Mathew 28:1; Mark 16:1; Luke 24:13; John 20:11
Ascended to Heaven..........................Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50; Acts 1:9
JESUS – literally, “God saves.” In the original Hebrew, the name is Yeshua, “salvation,” and/or “The Lord who is salvation.” (equivalent to "Joshua" or "Jeshuah.) It is the name the Angel of the Lord told Joseph to bestow upon Him (Matthew 1:20-21).
CHRIST – Not His last name. It’s a Greek title meaning “Anointed Messiah.
It denotes that He was… consecrated to his great redemptive work as Prophet, Priest, and King of his people… To believe that ‘Jesus is the Christ’ is to believe that He is the Anointed, the Messiah of the prophets, the Savior sent of God, that He was… what He claimed to be. This is to believe the gospel, by the faith of which alone men can be brought unto God. That Jesus is the Christ is the testimony of God, and the faith of this constitutes a Christian (1 Corinthians 12:3; 1 John 5:1). (Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary).
MESSIAH – The deliverer whose coming was foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament. Jews still await the coming of their Messiah today.
SALVATION – The condition of being redeemed by faith, saved by grace from an eternity of damnation. Salvation is also the belief that the death and resurrection of Christ accomplished: inclusive term of the Gospel gathering into itself all of the redemptive acts and processes. The bible is primarily a historical account of how God has provided mankind with salvation from eternal death, which is the penalty of sin. Salvation has always been bestowed by the grace of God through faith. Those who trust in Christ are saved a the moment of their confession of faith an dare no longer slaves to sin. They enjoy the benefit of an intimate relationship with God through the presence of Christ and the Holy Spirit in their lives. Salvation is universal in scope, but limited to those who believe. (Also referred to as being saved... born again
3 processes of...
Justification - God looks at you as if you haven't sinned, he has accepted you, you are his forever. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
Sanctification - to separate from the profane world to a sacred holy use. i.e. set apart, marked off. The is the hardest part of salvation; the separating flesh from the spirit by becoming more and more like Jesus Christ through the work of the holy spirit. Sanctification is a growing process.
Glorification - ultimate deliverance. when we are in heaven with God.
Through Salvation we have internal security. Salvation is not based on feelings it is based on:
1. Assurance based on the word of God.
2. Assurance based on the promise of God. Romans 10:9; John 5:24;3:16;3:36;6:37;10:10;10:28
3. Assurance based on the character of God. 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:24
4. Assurance based on the spirit of God. Ephesians 1:13-14
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